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the Cost of Maintenance for Mountain Bikes

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Description
$ 15
Oct 2007
Tucson, AZ
Trek, Black and Grey, about 2 years old
Brake adjustment for mountain bike  more... close row
$ 35
Mar 2008
Richmond, VA
2001 KHS X204 Mountain Bike
Mountain bike tune up  more... close row
$ 10
Oct 2007
Alameda, CA
Mongoose mountain bike, at least 5 years old
New innertube installed  more... close row
$ 58
Mar 2008
Belingham, WA
'06 Kona Stinky, Freeride Bike
Full season start maintenance improved bike performance  more... close row
$ 60
Mar 2007
Chicago, Illinois
3 year old mountain bike
General tune up made bike work well again  more... close row
$ 150
Apr 2008
Phoenix, AZ
3 year old full suspension mountain bike
Rebuilding and tuning bike shocks  more... close row
$ 6
Jul 2007
Alameda, CA
mountain bike
New inner tube for mountain bike  more... close row
$ 10
Jun 2007
Alameda, CA
mountain bike
Changing tires on mountain bike  more... close row
$ 45
Apr 2008
Austin, Texas
Trek Mountain Bike, one year old
Bent tire rim when trying to show off  more... close row
$ 20
Apr 2008
monterey, california
Gary Fischer Superfly
Maintenance service for mountain bike  more... close row
$ 60
Mar 2007
Boise, ID
21 Speed Mountain Bike
Brakes and chain repaired on mountain bike  more... close row
$ 90
Jun 2007
La Crosse, WI
Older Raleigh Mountain Bike
Overhaul made bike look much better  more... close row
$ 0
Mar 2008
Branford, CT
Trek
Free tune ups for life  more... close row
$ 85
May 2008
Portland, Or
Three speed mountain bike
Employer paid for bike tune up  more... close row

Description of service

I recently took my bike into a local bike co-op after having some issues and finding out my employer pays for bike tune ups. Their website had all of their service prices listed for servicing, and included a description of everything they did. In this particular tune up, called a Deluxe Tune-Up, they "removed the drive train and cleaned it in solvent, cleaned the bike, adjusted the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset, trued the wheels, adjusted the gears and brakes, lubed the cables and pivot points on breaks, aligned the drop-outs, checked the frame for alignment, greased the stem, seat post and pedal threads, tightened all nuts and bolts, and inflated the tires." Afterwards they were nice enough to take it for a test ride to see that everything was right.


Review of Service

Although I really had no idea what all of this greasing and cleaning and adjusting was doing, I totally noticed a difference in my bike performance. It was like I had a new bike, and for the price, I was thoroughly happy with the service. I also no longer had any issues with my gears or chain.


Tips

Looking around in the area, I noticed most of the repair shops charged under $100 generally for basic bike maintenance and tune up. If you are a knowledgeable bike owner and know what the issue is, they probably will fix that single issue for you. Many issues at this particular shop were around $4-10 to fix. I went with a bike co-op because I knew they weren't just after my money and that I was supporting a good local service.


$ 85
Jun 2008
Alameda, CA
mountain bike
Squeaky brakes on bike  more... close row
$ 35
Jun 2007
Scottsdale, AZ
Adult Mountain Bike
Full tune up for mountain bike  more... close row